Kevin had a busy schedule while we were in NYC for our show at the City Winery. He had interviews with Rolling Stone, Dianne Sawyer, and Andersen Cooper among others. The whole band got to go to the Rolling Stone offices and be part of the interview, meet some great people and eat some roast beef, chicken and macaroni and cheese. In the hallway on the walls were every issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.
At the City Winery we had a fun show that night. Some of the folks from The Hatfields and McCoys were there including Lesie the producer of the mini series which Kevin is starring in. H&M will be aired on the History Channel over Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us. It was great to see Rosa , the wonderful graphic artist who has put together all our CDs. Too bad though that we didn’t get to spend more time in NYC. We left that night to go to Ridgefield CN.
We’re in Ridgefield Conn. this morning…..the early sun shining through the front window of the bus which is parked all by itself next to the theater where we’ll play tonight….a beautiful town Ridgefield. We have no milk on the bus – only three pounds of sliced turkey a bottle of tequila, some crumbled rice cakes, a box of crackers, 15 cheese slices, 3 grapefruits, 4 apples, a half eaten banana, 60 bottles of water, a peanut butter jar with no peanut butter, but most important of all – some Green Mountain coffee…yea!
Three nights ago we were in Cranston RI right next to Providence and played in the wonderful old Park Theater named after Park Chisolm….his influence reaches far and wide across this country even though, as everyone knows, his birthplace is in Noonan, Georgia. The Park Theater (in all seriousness) is a beautiful historic theater much like the Sunshine Theater in Lakeland – almost vanished but rescued by concerned communities and individuals. It has probably the best run organization and staff of any place we’ve been. They really took great care of us and the crowd that night was enthusiastic. All the security guys were polite and helpful and kind of big and rough looking but dressed in suits which probably concealed their weapons. We were on our best behavior. I think we made some fans there and we definitely want to come back. Thanks Dawn and thanks to everyone who came.
Sara Beck has been touring with us and in addition to performing a duet with Kevin and singing some harmonies, she is the voice of “I Know These Hills” a song in the soundtrack of “Hatfields And McCoys” the miniseries coming up on History Channel.We have been playing “…Hills” and “How Deep the Water Runs” in our set every night with Teddy on banjo, Park, Kevin, and John on acoustic guitars and Bobby on violin….a nice break in the R&R. She is just fantastic. Sara had to go back to Nashville but Lillie Costner joined us to finish most of the tour. She is great also. Sara will be back with us for our final show in Nashville on April 14.
…..a great show at the City Winery in NYC last night….more on that later.
Northern Lights is kind of in the middle of nowhere in Clifton Park NY in a strip mall next to a Dollar Store. Dino went to the Dollar Store when it opened and bought some coffee cups because the bus was out of them and early in the morning we were forced to drink our morning coffee out of small bowls. With the bus moving it was pretty tricky and needless to say some was spilled but Blair and I will do anything to have a cup of coffee in the wee hours.
Northern Lights lights up when the night falls. We love that place. Thanks to everyone who came and made our night.
The night before we were at The Strathmore in Maryland. It is an incredible theater – huge with 4 or 5 levels of balconies which wrap around from the back all the way to the sides of the stage. People were so high up we all got sore necks looking at them. Their cell phone lights in the far reaches of the dark looked like tiny fireflies from the stage.
Northern Lights – a great rock club. Strathmore – a beautiful theater. So different but both the best in their own way.
We’re in Bethesda today to play at The Strathmore and we’re really looking forward to it. But we leave behind a wonderful time spent in historic Annapolis playing to sold out crowds at The Ram’s Head. It’s an intimate venue so we played some songs which we ordinarily have not been playing on this tour. The audiences for both nights were wonderful. We’re looking forward to coming back again next year and playing Ram’s Head Live – a bigger sister club in Baltimore.
And speaking of Annapolis…..it has become one of our favorite cities- we last played there in 2008. You can walk around in certain areas and be transported back to the 18th century when The Treaty of Paris was signed at the Maryland State House to end the Revolutionary War. The Maryland State House was, at that time, the capitol of the United States. Many of the neighborhoods in downtown Annapolis are untouched having street after street of architecture from the 1700’s……and as usual I sought out the old graveyards and found St.Anne’s Cemetery founded in 1729….wandered around there for a while amidst the old gravesites and blooming cherry trees on a breezy afternoon.
There was a basketball court across the street from our bus. We played hard. Devin our production manager is a beast on the court. Blair hit shot after shot and Austin, our videographer/graphic designer and court jester hit a lucky half court shot to win 21.
Last time we played the Music Farm in Charleston was March 29, 2008 almost exactly 4 years ago but the same great crowd and the same great crew – friendliest folks around.
The Music Farm was once an old train depot downtown. It was the oldest passenger train depot in the country built in 1857 if I remember correctly…..wood beams so hard you can barely drive a nail into them. You enter through the old passenger loading dock really untouched for a 150 years. Like walking back into history until you hear the music.
If you’ve never been to Charleston you’re missing something very special. For me anyway Charleston has the most perfect blend of the old and the new. The downtown area revitalized, people on the streets, little stores thriving. But just beyond are old quiet neighborhoods streets lined with trees and of course a beautiful graveyard – The Magnolia Cemetery. I got to spend an hour there. Our very nice runner Janna dropped me off and I wandered a bit – spent most of the time in the civil war area where the city recently relocated many confederate soldiers from another cemetery. It’s probably the most beautiful cemetery I’ve ever seen. And as some people know, I’ve been in a lot of them.
We’ve been playing “The Angels Came Down” every night which, in case you’ve never heard it, is a song about the civil war but also is a song about all wars and what we hope happens to the men and women who give their lives for the sake of their country. We’ve also added other new songs – some from our upcoming concept album about the Hatfields and McCoys.
We’re driving through Georgia this morning headed to Charleston. Today is April Fools Day and if I’m not mistaken it’s also Palm Sunday….wonder what that means. I’ve been up for a while and my hands are cold, We keep the bus cold for sleeping and also to ward off any evil spirits. Park just woke up , came in to the front lounge of the bus with his shirt off, so I had to put my cold hands on his back when he wasn’t looking – help him wake up a little bit.
We played in Ft. Pierce, Florida last night at the Sunshine Theater. I really love that name. When the Sunshine Theater was built in 1924 , it was the biggest cultural institution in the state. It became mainly a movie theater later on and then almost disappeared in 1983 when it fell into disrepair. Thankfully it was renovated in the 90’s back to its original state and now brings in touring acts again. The city and the citizens really support it. It was packed last night when KCMW hit the stage. Even though (once again) most people didn’t know that Kevin Costner played in a band and didn’t know what to expect, they warmed up quickly and by the end they were standing up and dancing in their seats. Thank you for a great evening Ft. Pierce!
St. Augustine is the oldest continuingly occupied city in America – founded in 1565 by the Spanish.
What a beautiful city. We have been staying downtown in the historic district. On one side of King Street, as it heads out toward the bay, are old old houses, boutiques, restaurants, bars, graveyards, cigar stores, ice cream stores, sidewalk singers, brick paved streets lined by shade trees, and an ancient fort made of coquina sitting on the edge of the bay still protecting the Spanish Crown……..and tourists everywhere.
On the other side of King Street, when you get beyond The Lightner Musem, is the quiet neighborhood of Lincolnville. Lincolnville is one of the first all African American communities established when the slaves were freed after the Civil War. It also became one of the centers of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s. It was near here that the infamous photo was taken of a motel owner pouring acid into a swimming pool where an African American family was swimming. The photo was published in The New York Times, among other publications, and set off a firestorm of outrage all over the country – helped change the course of American history. All around the 50 beautiful blocks of Lincolnville are signs explaining where important events took place and signs in front of houses of citizens who were leading the movement. Linconville also has some of the grandest oak trees you’ve ever seen along with well-manicured Victorian houses, small family homes with porches and gardens and friendly people.
We started off our spring tour with a great show in Lakeland Florida. Thanks to everyone who turned out and made it such a success. We also learned that KCMW is #11 in the Next Big Sound chart in Billboard this week. This chart monitors the “15 fastest accelerating artists on the internet most likely to become the next big sound”. Pretty cool.
We’re in St. Augustine today and will go to Fort Pearce to play again on Saturday. Then we go on up to Charleston to play a great club – The Music Farm. Keep an eye out during the second week in April. Kevin has been asked to be on a number of TV shows in the days before we go to Ft. Knox for the dedication of a memorial to some fallen soldiers. We’ll tell you more about that later on.
Hello, everyone… Each week leading up to our tour kickoff (3/28), we’ll be posting video updates about what we’re most looking forward to and the latest information. Be sure to keep an eye out for more updates coming soon…